Nature and Needs of the Gifted Learner: An Introduction to Their Characteristics and Educational and Affective Needs


An introduction to the characteristics and unique educational and affective needs of the gifted. Philosophical considerations, historical perspectives, definitions and types of giftedness, incidence, and evaluation procedures will be explored. The role of society, counselors, teachers, parents, peers, and self in the social, emotional, and academic development of gifted children will be discussed. Focus will also be given to cultural comparisons of the manifestations of giftedness, ways of reversing underrepresentation of minority students in programs for the gifted, and affective and social-emotional topics/issues relating to giftedness. Consent of instructor required. One course / 3 units.